Pakistan, as member of United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF), is implementing non-legally binding instrument (NLBI) which calls for enhancing Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) for sustainable forest management (SFM). Under the international Climate Change negotiation, the REDD+ mechanism is bringing new opportunities forward to finance projects on avoided deforestation, forest-carbon stock improvement and SFM. The Global Environment Facility (GEF) under its fifth replenishment cycle has launched an investment programme for SFM / REDD+. This new GEF window for SFM / REDD+ activities essentially requires re-appropriation of country’s STAR allocation for three Rio-Conventions and co-financing from domestic, bilateral and multilateral sources.
Ministry of Environment has made substantial progress recently in brining REDD into mainstream forestry. A REDD focal point and a Steering Committee has been established in the MoE. Pakistan has also joined the Global REDD Partnership and the case for joining the UN REDD Program and the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership is also under process.
Ministry of Environment has decided to develop Pakistan’s SFM / REDD+ programme through a team of consultants. The overall objective of this consultancy is development of national SFM / REDD+ programme in consultation with focused group, identification and negotiation with prospective donors, and development of PIF for GEF Council. The consultants will work under the direct supervision of Inspector General of Forests in the Ministry of Environment.
- Workout the re-appropriation from country’s GEF STAR allocation, through consultation with National Focal Points of CBD and UNFCCC and GEF.
- Identify and consult potential domestic and international donors and development agencies to co-finance GEF share (NORAD, gtz, USAID, DFID, EKN, SDC, CIDA, JIKA, UNEP, UNDP etc.)
- Analysis of GEF relevant focal areas, investment guidelines for GEF’s SFM and REDD+ program, and other relevant documents as either deemed necessary and recommended by IGF
- Hold intensive consultation with the key stakeholders using the qualitative tools in particular Focus Group FG discussions for developing concept paper on SFM / REDD+ programme. The participants of the FG will be drawn form a wide range of stakeholders who shall be approved by the IGF
- Get the endorsement of project concept from GEF NSC and improve in accordance with NSC’s advice
- Transform the project concept into Project Identification Form (PIF) for GEF Council, as per standard guidelines
- Develop project documents as required by other bilateral and multilateral donors, as co-financers, on their prescribed formats
- Any other task assigned by the IGF for accomplishment of the intended objectives of this consultancy.
- A concept paper of Pakistan’s SFM / REDD+ programme by 25 October 2010 for endorsement / approval by GEF NSC
- Improved / revised concept paper, in the light of recommendations / suggestions by the GEF NSC, by the middle November 2010
- Developing presentation for GEF NSC, M/o Env on the said program
- Incorporating the decisions of GEF NSC in the project concept & PIF for GEF funds
- Project Identification Form (PIF) for review by the GEF Council, by 27 December 2010
- Timely finalizing the PIF as per deadline in accordance with review of GEF Secretariat
- Developing detailed project concept / project document of the program as required for relevant any other identified donors within specified deadlines.